Six days after Sandy, a scramble for gas and housing

(CBS News) RUMSON, N.J. - Six days after a superstorm devastated parts of the northeast, the recovery -- and frustration -- continues.

At least 111 people are known dead. Nearly two million homes and businesses remain without power, down from a peak of over eight million -- most of them in New Jersey and New York.

There's still a scramble for gas and housing as temperatures drop.

Along the coast in Rumson, N.J., an old fashioned iron hand pump is the only way to get gasoline out of its underground tank.

The gas is fueling generators in a town largely without electricity.

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One person in line said they were using the gas to power their house, take hot showers, feed their family -- in other words "the real basics like 100 years ago."

At stations with power, gas is being rationed. Only drivers with even numbered license plates could fill up Sunday.

For Pam Maida and her 11-year-old daughter Samantha, Sunday is day seven without electricity. They don't want to go to a nearby shelter, which is now packed as temperatures fall into the 30's at night.

"I'm kind of just taking this day by day," said Pam, with her daughter adding however that she is "getting kinda tired of not having electricity and stuff."

Maida's 77-year-old mother Joan said a gas fireplace isn't enough to stay warm.

"We're sitting here bundled up and everything and its really terrible," Maida said.

Neighbors on their street in Toms River are rushing to stay ahead of the mold that could destroy their homes.

Down the shore in Tuckerton, Tabatha Ludeman saw her neighborhood for the first time since fleeing the storm.

"The only thing we had was the clothes on our back and just grabbed our animals and left not, expecting to come back to nothing," Ludeman said.

Wooden blocks are all that's left of her house.

"Part of our house is across the street. We seen our couch two streets down," Ludeman said. "We didn't expect it to be this bad we never get this. We never get this."

Tabatha met with someone from FEMA Sunday and filled out the paperwork to hopefully get assistance. So far, more than 50,000 people in New Jersey have applied for aid, and FEMA has already approved more than $30 million in payments.

  • Ben Tracy

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